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A rather startling revelation that was published in local dailies last week went largely unnoticed by Kenyans.
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The media illustrated how Deputy President William Ruto held a staggering 135 rallies across the country in just 30 days last month as his search for votes ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Two observations caught my eye. First, Ruto was busy politicking at the expense of performing his roles as the principal assistant to the president, noticeably doing this when President Uhuru Kenyatta was mainly engaged in crucial duties abroad.
Ruto was also conducting his campaigns using taxpayers’ money.
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On average, Ruto hosted four rallies every day in 20 different counties across the country as the evidently overtasked president struggled to balance national and international duties.
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During this period, Uhuru attended and addressed at least ten international meetings and supervised more than eight government projects locally in an extraordinarily busy month for him.
The head of state left the country on October 4 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and later left for Barbados, where he addressed several high-profile meetings in his capacity as the chairperson of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) member states.
On October 7, he received the prestigious ‘Order of Freedom of Barbados’ commendation from the Barbadian Government for his leading role in promoting global trade and strengthening the African-Caribbean ties.
From Barbados, President Uhuru left for New York where he chaired his first UN Security Council meeting on October 11 and addressed other key thematic meetings with investors and government officials from other states.
During this period, Ruto traversed Nakuru, Kisii, Narok, Kajiado, Isiolo, and Laikipia, where he held at least four rallies in each of the six counties.
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In some counties like Kisii, Nakuru, and Narok, the DP pitched a tent for at least two days to drum up support for his presidential bid.
On October 14, the first in command met US President Joe Biden at the White House, where they discussed areas of cooperation that included security, trade, climate change, and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two days later, the president was back in the country and proceeded to open a new 150-bed military hospital at Kahawa Garrison in Kiambu county, where he also led the nation in marking this year’s Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Day.
On October 18, the head of state inspected the ongoing construction of the KSh 8.5 billion Thiba Dam and the KSh 2.6 billion Mwea Irrigation Scheme expansion project, all in Kirinyaga county.
When ready, the expansive irrigation project will increase rice production in Mwea from 114,000mt to 200,000mt annually and create 50,000 new jobs.
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On the other hand, Ruto used this period to campaign in Taita Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, and Lamu.
After Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga on October 20, Uhuru swiftly embarked on inspecting and commissioning more projects across the country in addition to addressing critical national and international meetings.
On October 29, the president presided over the passing-out parade of Prisons Cadet Officers in Ruiru.
He also presided over the 2021 National Taxpayers’ Day, where he saluted all the taxpayers who discharged their civic duty by promptly paying their rightful tax dues.
A day earlier, the president had held talks with the French Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness to explore areas of cooperation and partnership.
On November 1, Kenyatta landed in Glasgow, Scotland, for a week-long UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Within this period, Ruto was still on his campaign trail; he addressed rallies in Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Kiambu, Makueni, Kajiado and Nyamira counties. Notably, Ruto was in a confrontational mood and unnecessarily directed strong words at his perceived political detractors.
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Regrettably, Ruto was not only absconding duty, as has been the case for four years. The second in command has also been busy taking credit for the development projects his boos had been singlehandedly pushing to complete.
It has become a norm for the DP to campaign based on roads, hospitals and health centres and other projects rolled out by the Jubilee government across the country while not taking part in their delivery.
To add insult to injury, keen political observers have also noted the DP’s anger and rage lately addressing his supporters.
He openly disrespects the president and has repeatedly referred to his government as “wakora” and “matapeli” (liars and hypocrites).
He is also on record mocking ODM leader Raila Odinga whom he fondly refers to as a ‘mganga’ (witch) in his campaigns. This is despite the former premier shelving his ambitions to support the government to deliver on its promises and stabilize the country.
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Every time he wants to distinguish himself from his competitors, Ruto is fond of using a Swahili phrase that “tofauti yetu na hao ni kama usiku na mchana”, loosely translating to “the difference between us and them is like day and night.”
Although Ruto has been using this phrase to portray himself as ‘the light of the day,’ and his critics as ‘the darkness of the night,’ his actions, remarks, and demeanour prove that the opposite is true.
Kenyans should not be fooled. They should do some soul-searching and ask themselves about the kind of leaders they want to lead them.
They should watch Ruto’s steps keenly, interrogate his agenda and make the right decision at the ballot next year.
The writer is Milan Kiplagat, a regular commentator on social, economic and political affairs.
The views expressed in this opinion piece are his and do not necessarily represent the position of TUKO Media Ltd in any way.
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